Tired of the same old city breaks? Try Tbilisi, the characterful capital of Georgia
Think of an autumn city break and Berlin or Barcelona might spring to mind. But Tbilisi? The Georgian capital has been left out of the action – partly because getting there has long been a hassle, involving an irritating stop-off in Istanbul or Kiev.
No longer. Reaching the ‘Rome of the Caucasus’ is now a breeze: Georgian Airlines flies direct from Gatwick, three times a week, with the journey taking a shade under five hours.
A flurry of hip new hotels – such as The Stamba – has also helped put Tbilisi on the tourist map. And autumn, when the summer crowds have thinned but it is still T-shirt weather, is a great time to explore this East-meets-West city.